What to do and see in Panglao, Philippines: The Best Places and Tips

December 30, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Discover the best top things to do in Panglao, Philippines including Divers Community Club, Piratas Alona Dive Center, Seaquest Dive Center, Philippine Tarsier Recreation Inc., GoDeep Philippines - Diving Center, Scotty's Action Sports Network, Spindrift Reefs Dive Center - Day Dive, Palace Fitness Gym, Sea of Clouds, Freedive Plus.
Restaurants in Panglao

1. Divers Community Club

Kalipayan, Tawala, Panglao 6340, Philippines
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5 based on 154 reviews

Divers Community Club

Reviewed By Timmaayy1

Great price and an amazing crew. The best diving and best visibility I've seen so far. Very recommendedHi Tim! Thanks alot for great review! We are happy that you like diving with us. Hope to see you again soon for a diving in Philippines with our Dive Shop!

2. Piratas Alona Dive Center

Alona Beach, Tawala, Panglao 0634, Philippines
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5 based on 173 reviews

Piratas Alona Dive Center

Discover and enjoy the exciting underwater world, we will show you one of the most beatiful places in Southeast Asia and Philippines. We have a variety of dive sites, with different habitats and stunning corals. Once you've seen the hidden treasure under the surface, you always want to go back. It is the amazing nature of the underwater world. Enjoy it here with us in Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol

Reviewed By Claire T

My boyfriend wanted to go diving and came across Piratas, mainly Spanish speaking centre to dive with. Alberto the owner is very hospitable and welcoming. We went out together on the boat to Baliscag island where I went snorkelling whilst he went diving. The boat...MoreThank you for coming to Piratas. This is your home.

3. Seaquest Dive Center

Alona Dr | Poblacion Panglao, Bohol, Tawala, Panglao 6340, Philippines
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Seaquest Dive Center

Seaquest Dive Center is one of the main dive centers in Panglao. We offer scuba-diving courses, daily dive trips, specialty courses, freediving courses and snorkeling tours. We are open daily from 8am till 9pm. Come by for a visit and we will show you around the beauty of the Visayas underwater..

Reviewed By Gigit S - Asia

I had 2 scuba dives in Balicasag Island and 2 freediving sessions with SeaQuest Dive Center. Both were fun and memorable thanks to the super crew who were professional and attentive. SeaQuest manager, Ben Meerhaeghe personally guided and taught me freediving techniques that exponentially upped my game. He made me reach a new depth of 18m with considerable ease. Ben inspires confidence! Highly recommended place for any dive in Bohol.

4. Philippine Tarsier Recreation Inc.

Km 16 Hoyohoy, Tawala, Panglao 6340, Philippines +63 917 542 5266
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4 based on 274 reviews

Philippine Tarsier Recreation Inc.

Botanical garden and animal sanctuary is set on a lush 9 hectares garden with over 3000 species of exotic plants. Bird aviary. Fine dining restaurant. Museum of classic and modern art (painting sculpture and furniture). Equestrian center. Sports activities including scuba diving, yoga, dance. Handicraft and fashion shopping. Coffee shop and patisserie. Luxury individual villas with private pools in the future.

Reviewed By tictocen

A perfect place to witness tarsiers.. a sanctuary/ safe haven for these unique indigenous creatures. Staff were knowledgeable about the primate and its behaviours e.g. territorial tendencies. Couldnt get an upclose shot. There is a shop for souvenirs nearby and some cool refreshments during viewing.

5. GoDeep Philippines - Diving Center

Alona Beach, Tawala, Panglao 6340, Philippines
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5 based on 16 reviews

GoDeep Philippines - Diving Center

The diving base Go Deep is located in hotel's compound close to famous sandy beach Alona on Panglao. The base is located on coast which is perfect starting point to snorkeling or diving in the crystalline clean Bohol Sea waters. Our guests are divers from whole world. Visit us and get to know great nature of local reefs! Safari diving - Diving Courses - Trips & more!

Reviewed By CaptainBurton

We did our Advanced Open Water Course and 3 fun dives in April 2017 at Go Deep and it was really perfect. The equipment is brandnew and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Also the price is fair. The theory and the dives were quite professional and it was also a lot of fun, especially the night dive.
It was a pleasure to Go Deep with Jimmy!

6. Scotty's Action Sports Network

Barangay Doljo, Panglao 6343, Philippines
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5 based on 7 reviews

Scotty's Action Sports Network

Scotty’s Action Sports Network (S.A.S.N), specialises in PERSONAL LUXURY SCUBA DIVING and exciting Water Sports activities like, WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING, ISLAND HOPPING, BANANA BOAT RIDES, FLY FISH, WAKE BOARDING, ETC. If its above the water, on the water or underwater, we will do it.

Reviewed By Musthavedaybeds

We booked the island hopping tour with Scottys (just next to the Bellevue hotel in Panglao) - Great company, paid once and they took care of everything for us. Our guide was great, had fun snorkelling with us and catered to our wishes on where we wanted to go.
Our itinerary was Virgin island then snorkelling on Balicasag reef then Balicasag island then back to our hotel.
Didn't really care for the Virgin island as there wasn't much to see that I was interested in but snorkelling was amazing!
We went snorkelling on the Balicasag reef as part of our island tour. This experience was the highlight of my Bohol trip. I knew I was gonna see beautiful corals and fishes but I never expected to be able to swim with turtles! It was an incredible experience seeing the turtles swimming so gracefully, just doing their thing! The reefs and corals were beautiful and so many different species of fishes to see.. The water was so clear and blue.. It was an amazing experience and highly recommended activity.

7. Spindrift Reefs Dive Center - Day Dive

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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Spindrift Reefs Dive Center - Day Dive

Diving operator in Bohol providing personalised diving tours and packages with accommodation, lunch, refreshments and all transport included. We have also built and manage our own artificial reef at Punta Cruz, Maribojoc and offer the chance for a different experience doing hands on work alongside our resident Reef Gardener.

Reviewed By jaob684 - Greater Johannesburg, South Africa

I travelled to Bohol over new year 2015 during my first trip to SE Asia (I'm based in Joburg and UK) after a recommendation from a friend. Spindrift is a gem of a place. It's about 10mins inland from the main touristy Alona Beach with the hotels, bars, and dive schools. No problem if you want to go out, or relax on the beach as you've got own scooter to get around at your own pace. But the rest of the time, the Spindrift Reef's team take care of every detail. I was worried about being away from the diving action, but it actually works excellently. I dived twice a day, sometimes three. We set the schedule - location and timing! no having to wait for others in the group to get ready. What a pleasure to dive at your own pace. Everyday when I was driven to the beach, the kit was already on the boat and we were away in minutes. Everytime I surfaced, ice cold towels and refreshing drinks were close at hand as well as a nice hot lunch if we were waiting out for a second dive. The night dives were spectacular. My dive buddy - Manuel - was superb. I also did my Advanced Diver course whilst staying at Spindrift Reefs - once I'd asked for the course, all arrangements were made very smoothly. I won't talk about the diving - if you're looking at Bohol you know how spectacular it is.
The apartment is above the restaurant. A neat little two double-bedroom self catered apartment. Perfect getaway to have an afternoon snooze and/or read up on the course notes for the diving. There's a little kitchenette, but I didn't use it at all as the food downstairs in the restaurant is excellent. A really nice mix of simple local dishes as well as some standard international stuff. It was always nice just relaxing downstairs, chatting with the always pleasant young local staff, before jumping on the scooter to relax at the beach.
These guys have set up something really cool - charming local experience, quite different from the business of Alona beach, but that's just a few minutes away on a scooter or in one of their pick-ups if you want to get more involved. And brilliant value - no way you could get this personalized experience with the quality of service and amount of diving. Great place.

8. Palace Fitness Gym

Near Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa, Panglao 6340, Philippines +63 920 181 6439
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5 based on 3 reviews

Palace Fitness Gym

Or Palace Fitness Gym is located in Tawala, Panglao, Bohol and a five minute motorbike ride from the Alona Beach. We strive for our customers to reach their goal and have an enjoyable workout. Palace Fitness Gym is continues improving to provide a better service. We give monthly memberships or just an session workout (unlimited time) depending on customer needs. Personal coaching is possible on request and appointment. We are here to serve you and provide you a good workout so you can stay or get healthy and fit. Your Royal Fitness Partner Management

Reviewed By Joey J

The owner Frank Yamamoto is a Sports Nutrition Specialist, Proffessional Body Builder and a Master Scuba Diver Trainer as profession. There arent any fitness instructors qualified in the island. He is incredibly patient, pretty inspiring and encouraging. He always pay attention On corrective movements that...MoreHello Joey, thank you very much for the good review and we are hoping that you are enjoying your workouts.

9. Sea of Clouds

Buenavista - Carmen - Danao - Jetafe Rd, Danao, Panglao, Philippines
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4 based on 3 reviews

Sea of Clouds

Reviewed By Andrew F - Panglao Island, Philippines

Timing is everything in this spot to have the low lying hills covered in clouds. A doable hike with peaks that aren't too tall. 25 pesos entrance fee.

10. Freedive Plus

Panglao 6340, Philippines
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5 based on 1 reviews

Freedive Plus

Freedive+ is a Professional Freediving Development Centre Panglao. Located on the North Side of the island we offer freediving courses and Swim Teacher courses of al levels.

Reviewed By Geoffrey A - Nimes, France

This place is perfect to learn freedive from a beginner level to professional level.
It's also perfect for already qualified freedivers who wants to train. 100m+ available close from the shore, don't even need a boat and the conditions are always pretty good. The reef is also pretty nice and I've been lucky enough to see whale sharks, pilot whales, dolphins and even a blue whale since I'm there.
And in bonus a very friendly team and nice people are living there.
I've already spend more than 6 months there and I'm still not planning to leave.

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